The essential study experience.

The Personal Trainer Basic Study Program is the essentials you need and nothing more. Whether you have experience in exercise science or only need minimal study support, the Basic Study Program is for you. This self-guided, digital study experience is priced to be within easy reach of those who just want the fundamentals to prepare for their certification exam. Built on evidence-based research in exercise science, this study program will provide you with the essential knowledge you need to prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam.

Included with Basic

The ACE Personal Trainer Basic Study Program provides everything you need and nothing you don't. Enjoy the benefits of convenient digital learning materials.

This interactive online guide uses the latest and greatest in learning design to help you effectively and efficiently plan, manage and track your study experience. In addition to providing a study blueprint that helps you identify how and when to best utilize each component of the study program, ACE Academy Elite features engaging video lessons, additional articles and expert resources that will help you better understand challenging topics, as well as quizzes that will help you gauge your knowledge as you progress through the program.

These core resources - the ACE Personal Trainer Manual and ACE Essentials to Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals - are the essential guides to exercise science for the aspiring Certified Personal Trainer. Included in digital form.

This resource breaks the key concepts in the ACE Personal Trainer Manual into bite-sized pieces, enabling easy review. Included in digital form.

Q&As, Facebook groups, live webinars, video learning and other dynamic study support.

Test your readiness to sit for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam.

Get your career on the fast track! Include a Certification Exam with purchase of either Study Program and save $100 ($399 if purchased separately). Upon purchase, you'll have 6 months from the purchase date to register for an exam at a site near you. Your actual exam date can be beyond the 6 month registration deadline.

Finance interest-free! Purchase with three easy monthly payments.

Plan for and schedule your ACE Certification Exam on your terms.

Let’s face it, everyone studies in different ways. The process itself is a personal one. That’s why we offer two options for purchasing and scheduling your ACE Certification Exam.

For some, buying a certification exam with the study program is the way to go. This gives you the opportunity to schedule your exam and plan your study calendar accordingly. It’s a goal-setter’s dream. Plus, by purchasing the exam with your study program, you will save $100!

Others may choose to focus on studying without a prescheduled certification exam. This allows for purchasing a certification exam at a later date, once study is complete.


A credential that's trusted.
A skillset to be respected.

The ACE Personal Trainer Certification Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the U.S. for assessing fitness and allied health certifications programs. It is also recognized globally by leading international standards-setting bodies, including iCREPs and EuropeActive Passing the exam will give you a trusted credential that will pave the way for you to help others become more physically active.

What's more, you will be fully prepared to take your skills and directly apply them in practice as a certified personal trainer. Our Personal Trainer Study Programs are grounded in the latest exercise science. You'll learn the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model. The ACE IFT Model is a systematic approach to designing exercise programs based on the unique abilities, needs and goals of the individual who seeks to get moving. It will be yours no matter which study experience you choose.